Thursday, February 16, 2012
AlphabeThursday - the legend of the coyote and the moon
This is the first time I did any kind of white on black artwork. My moon didn’t come out exactly how I wanted, so stark and cold, like winter.
Which is fitting for some storytelling. There is a Zuni legend, about when the Coyote (and the Eagle) steal the sun and the moon from some Kachinas, who kept them in a box. Before this time, there was no sun or moon.
The Eagle was the one who carried the box for a very long distance, because the Coyote never did anything right! After the Coyote pestered the Eagle four times, ("if someone asks four times, you better give him what he wants") the Eagle finally lets the Coyote carry the box. But then the Coyote falls behind. And he becomes curious and wonders what the sun and the moon look like. He also thinks the Eagle might be deceitful and have something else hidden in the box. He opens up the lid, and the moon escapes and brings on winter (the sun escapes too, and it rises in the sky).
So if it wasn’t for of the Coyote, we wouldn’t have winter.
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